Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl *****

Book Description
Fox News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor Lis Wiehl has created a suspense novel that's as timely as tomorrow's headlines.
While home on Christmas break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. The three unique women are life-long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat--a nickname derived from their favorite dessert and their uncanny ability to crack cases via their three positions of power.
Though authorities think Katie might have been kidnapped or run away, those theories shatter when Nicole uncovers Katie's blog. They reveal a girl troubled by a mysterious relationship with an older man. Possibly a U.S. Senator.
As the three women race against time to find Katie alive, their increasing emotional involvement brings out their own inner demons and external enemies. There are many faces of betrayal, but they must find one face in a crowd of growing suspects before they become the next victims.
In Face of Betrayal, Lis Wiehl's expertise in law, politics, and criminal investigation merges with April Henry's narrative genius to create a gripping mystery filled with rich characters, real danger, and a shocking yet satisfying final twist.
My Review:
Allison the prosecutor, Cassidy the reporter, and Nic the FBI agent are three long-time acquaintances who become friends only after they find out they have one thing in common – crime. I enjoyed the way the author is developing these characters a little at a time with small insights into their background, but also mysteries yet to be learned. Because this is the first of three books, I am eager to learn more about each of them in the future books. Also, what a joy it is to read about a woman of faith who is not portrayed as fanatic or strange, but just someone who struggles with everyday problems in her faith.

There were interesting insights slipped in by the author about the behind the scenes of TV news and legal issues. True to life, the story line could be on the front page of the newspaper with characters that could live next door, appear on my local TV, or attend my church. The story follows a missing teen and the search for answers to her disappearance. It also follows the main characters and how their friendship thrives even when their professional lives clash. This is a very good book that I would recommend highly.


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